May 23, 2018

The art of composting

My childhood memory of composting was the large compost heap at the bottom of the garden; I was never a fan of walking down there in the colder months having to empty the kitchen food waste bin. My Dad was, and still is a keen gardener and now I am a mother myself, I appreciate all the fresh fruit and vegetables I was fed with whilst growing up. Once my brother even tried to set fire to the compost heap as a joke,

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May 22, 2018

Buying Art: How to Dress a Naked Wall

A large number of the conversations I have with clients touch on one particular topic that completely paralyzes so many… What on earth should go on the walls of these beautiful homes? If you aren’t naturally drawn to art, or you simply don’t trust your instincts, it can be hard to know where to start. It can be harder still to actually pull the trigger and make a purchase. When this happens, the result is a mess of naked walls…

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May 21, 2018

Your Offer Has Been Accepted, Now What?

Congratulations, you’ve snagged the home of your dreams! You’re beyond thrilled — and perhaps a little shocked — so take a moment to enjoy the success and raise a glass. Buying a home is really exciting! But don’t bask in the sun for too long because things are about to happen…quickly. The purchase process is far from over, and you have a few to-do’s to immediately consider:

Initial Deposit: Generally speaking,

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May 18, 2018

The Snowball Effect: Repaving My Driveway

Sometimes homeownership can feel like a gigantic snowball, barreling down a hill and collecting everything in its path. You have a spark of an idea, a seemingly small change, and it leads to 13 other things that should/could/must be done before/prior to/during said upgrade. Actually, that sounds more like an avalanche.

Take my tragic driveway for example. Please.

Unfortunately, this picture makes it appear a lot better than it looks in reality.

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May 15, 2018

Reducing plastic in your home – part II

In honor of Earth Day and South Orange River Day I wrote about how we can reduce plastic in our home on our grocery shop, which is one of the main ways we bring so much packaging into all our households. But there are also lots of other ways that you can reduce your plastic use and waste in your home.

Storage & Tableware
The way we store our food and use disposable tableware can typically use a lot of plastic.

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May 10, 2018

Maplewood Garden Club… The Plant Sale is Here!!

As I have mentioned in years past, the Maplewood Garden Club has an amazing annual sale and it’s happening this weekend! It kicked off today, Thursday, at noon and it was absolutely swarmed with people looking for deals. The quality of the plants is top notch and the prices are fantastic – I always get a ton of amazing stuff for a fraction of what you would pay at a nursery like The Farm.

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May 10, 2018

Hunting and Gathering

May is here and, along with its colorful flowers and sunny days, my fellow hunter/gatherers and I welcome the kick off of  flea market season! This fantastic time of year runs from spring to fall and, here in SOMA, the first event is typically the VNA Rummage Sale in Far Hills. I have written about this particular sale before and, while this year felt a bit more sparse than it has in past years,

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May 07, 2018

Homeward Bound

Back in March I wrote about part of our crazy journey to get to New Jersey. Last week we continued that adventure by making our 10th move in 12 months. Thankfully this time it was only a five minute drive from our two bedroom apartment to a lovely four-bedroom colonial house in the Montrose section of South Orange.

Nevertheless no move is easy. Packing and boxing up one’s possessions always seems to take longer than expected,

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